Commodities became more and more scarce, the government provided a stack of wheat for facing the crisis. All farmers were made to deprive themselves of the wheat harvest and to survive with "notorious ration cards". Hiding wheat was a crime, it was not good hiding it, in that they had not the possibility of milling because the mills were guarded. In this context the majority population was living to the limits of survival. In the hinterland's country some farmers were able to conceal a part of the wheat harvest and Salvatore Giuliano had built a small mill. But the flour was never sufficient because he helped the poor and needy.